New Delhi: The Ministry of Home Affairs allowed the opening of sports complexes in the fourth phase of the lockdown caused by the coronavirus, possibly paving the way for players to start practice which has been closed since mid-March. It is written in one of the guidelines to be followed during the lockdown. ‘Sports premises and stadiums will be allowed to open, although spectators will not be allowed.’ Games have been included in events and celebrations that were not yet allowed. The nationwide lockdown began in mid-March and top players at Indian Sports Authority’s campuses in Patiala and Bangalore are demanding that practice be started.
Lockdown 4.0 will begin on Monday
Earlier, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) on Sunday said that the period of nationwide lockdown implemented to prevent the spread of coronavirus infection is extended till May 31. The NDMA said in an order to prevent the spread of Covid-19, the lockdown period needs to be extended by 14 days across the country.
According to the Union Health Ministry, 2,872 people have died in the country so far from Covid-19, while by Sunday morning 90,927 people have been confirmed to be infected with the coronavirus.
NDMA member secretary G.V.V. Sharma said that the NDMA could apply the rules applicable under lockdown to the Ministries and Departments of the Government of India, State Governments and State Authorities by 31 May, using the authority obtained under the provision 6 (2) (I) of the Disaster Management Act, 2005. Instructs to continue.
As per the order, the National Executive Committee headed by the Union Home Secretary is directed to issue necessary guidelines as necessary to start economic activities, taking precaution to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
Significantly, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for a Janata curfew on 22 March. He then said in his address on March 24 that the lockdown would remain in effect for 25 days from March 25 in the country. The first phase was scheduled to end on 14 April, but they increased it to 3 May and then 17 May. With today’s NDMA order, lockdown 4.0 will start from Monday.